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media criticism | political theory 25-Jan-2015 14:23

Simon Says

From the open publishing newswire: Organized Snitch programs like Tip Submit and Community Alerts are manipulating communities to target progressive writers and Activists.

In the new millennium, we have seen trends in group behavior: Flash mobs, Smart mobs, Zombie races, Zombie this, that and whatever. (One has to wonder about the popularity of the Zombie, a creature who cannot think, but only destroy.) These trends appeal to people's desire to be accepted and have fun as a group, but also show their desire to conform. We have seen many follow group behavior in a fun and entertaining way, however, a very negative form of group behavior has evolved over the last ten years. [...]

Even real Law Enforcement can be manipulated by an angry mob who constantly call in to report on someone they have been manipulated into hating. The Tip Submit Program to anonymously report on someone can be used against innocent people by the unscrupulous or even by an overzealous Neighborhood Watch. In 2005 a female colleague (a very bad bully) bragged to me that she had reported on me to some high-ranking security official, but refused to tell me what she had said. I never saw her again after that and have no idea about the accusation.

This organized snitch system is horribly wrong. Also, the snitches appear to be hounding innocent people. They don't question anything. They do not ask the person if whatever has been said, is true. Instead, they merely follow. Simon says, "Don't ask questions." [...]

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media criticism | political theory 25-Jan-2015 14:05

10 Strategies of Manipulation Revisited

From the open publishing newswire: Sylvain Timsit shows how society is influenced and what information is deemed relevant. Since information always leads to perception and perception is the basis of all action, information also explains the social reality and the change of social reality. Society can be manipulated without a critical mass of people realizing this. link to libyaagainstsuperpowermedia.org

"10 STRATEGIES OF MANIPULATION" REVISITED

How whole populations can be guided

By Jascha Jaworski

[This article published on 8/10/2013 is translated abridged from the German on the Internet,  http://www.heise.de/tp/druck/mb/artikel/39/39675/1.html.]

A list of "10 Strategies of Manipulation" [1] circulates on the Internet. These are strategies for steering whole populations. Sylvain Timsit is named in several places. Elsewhere a search ends with the French-speaking interdisciplinary journal Les cahiers psychologie politique [2] and Noam Chomsky is wrongly identified as the author. [...]

Updated posts on 1.9 1.16 1.22 01-Jan-2015 18:07

The Shortwave Report 01/02/15 Listen Globally!

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A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Sputnik Radio, NHK World Radio Japan, and Radio Havana Cuba.

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Updated posts on 12.12. 12.19 12.26 06-Dec-2014 11:58

The Shortwave Report 12/05/14 Listen Globally!

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Updated Posts: 12.12.14. | 12.19.14.12.26.14. A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home.

The latest Shortwave Report (December 5) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59)

This week's show features stories fromRadio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Sputnik, NHK World Radio Japan, and Radio Havana Cuba.

From GERMANY- 3 short reports about the Ebola crisis with opinions from the WHO, Doctors without Borders, and one of the scientists who first identified the virus. In Switzerland a referendum to create a cap on immigration was soundly defeated. Israeli PM Netanyahu has called elections 2 years ahead of schedule, saying that he would not tolerate any opposition in his government. At a NATO conference in Brussels more support for the Ukraine military was granted and a new fast reaction force was created with Russia in mind.
From RUSSIA- An Egyptian court sentenced 185 citizens to death for an attack on a police station. Egypt will make it illegal to "insult" the coup that placed General Sisi in power. Russia will build a new pipeline across the Black Sea to Turkey and abandon the plans for the south stream pipeline. The ruble is plummeting in exchange rates with the US dollar because of oil prices. Russia says that the election in Moldova was corrupt. Then an interview with an American professor Kim Cobb on the UN conference on Climate Change going on in Lima Peru.
From JAPAN- More details on the report that this year saw the highest global temperature in recorded history, underscoring the urgency of discussions on measures to fight global warming. Ukraine has formed a new pro-Western cabinet, including 3 non-Ukrainians granted citizenship by Presidential decree. The Occupy protests in Hong Kong became quite violent over the weekend, with many protestors injured- public support is said to be declining and founders of the movement are seeking new approaches. China warned Britain's lawmakers to stay out of the Hong Kong conflict. Marine Le Pen was reelected as leader of the right wing National Front Party- many observers see her as the leading candidate in the next Presidential election.
From CUBA- French lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of recognizing Palestine as an independent state. The UN general assembly has adopted an Arab backed resolution urging Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty- the US and Canada opposed the resolution that would have Israeli nuclear facilities subject to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Demonstrations in Mexico over the 43 missing students continued across the country, with demands for an end to government repression of protests. The founder of Argentinian human rights group Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo met with the parents of the missing 43 students in Mexico City. The Syrian government and several foreign-backed opposition groups have agreed to resume peace talks mediated by Russia.

There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line - http://www.campusprogress.org/soundvision/780/big-stories-shortwaves

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updated: 11.14 | 11.21 | 11.28 10-Nov-2014 10:36

The Shortwave Report 11/7/14 Listen Globally!

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Updated Posts: 11.14.14 | 11.21.14 | 11.28.14

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home.

The latest Shortwave Report (November 7) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59)

This week's show features stories from Radio Havana Cuba, the Voice of Russia, NHK World Radio Japan, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.

From CUBA- The UN Climate Panel issued its most urgent appeal to date on the need to stop global warming. Mexican police captured the fugitive former mayor wanted for his role in the abduction of 43 missing students. French police fought with people protesting police brutality in several cities, following the death of a 21 year old environmental activist. This week saw new targeted assassinations by US drones in Yemen. According to the New York Times, in 2003 the Bush administration concealed the discovery of chemical weapons in Iraq that had been developed with US support in the 1980s, and then denied medical care to the wounded American soldiers involved.
From RUSSIA- In the UK, the Green party has been gaining popularity along with the new UKIP political party. A discussion on the shift in political parties while the Greens are still excluded from televised debates.
From JAPAN- The lower house of Parliament in Japan passed a bill governing the storage of radioactive waste in Fukushima- it will remain there for 30 years. 44 countries are holding military exercises in the Persian Gulf led by the US Navy, which is also training 100 sea lions to find suspicious persons at sea. Doctors Without Borders reported that there is a rapid increase in Ebola in Sierra Leone. Russia has criticized Japan for joining Western countries in imposing sanctions on Russia in connection with the situation in Ukraine.
From GERMANY- 3 reports on the situation in Ukraine- elections were held in eastern Ukraine which the West will not recognize. Britain threatened to leave the EU over the freedom of movement policy, Germany said the EU would be fine without them, and Britain is now trying to calm tensions. The Canadian military began dropping bombs on Islamic State positions in Iraq. Two suspected Palestinian drivers killed pedestrians in Jerusalem and the West Bank after Israeli police entered the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. In Burkina Faso, western Africa, an agreement was reached Wednesday to stabilize the country following a military coup.

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updated 10.13 - 10.16 - 10.24 -10.31. 04-Oct-2014 13:38

The Shortwave Report 10/03/14 Listen Globally!

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Updated Posts: 10.10.14 | 10.16.14 | 10.24.14 | 10.31.14

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (October 3) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

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From JAPAN- A volcano is erupting in central Japan land has killed at least 47, making it the worst eruption in post-war Japan. Japan has added new requirements for nuclear disposal sites- there are currently no permanent sites. The 2 nuclear power plants that meet new requirements for restart will not do so before the end of the year. In eastern Ukraine pro-Russian separatists discovered mass graves which appears to contain 400 executed citizens. Following that report some fighting erupted in Donetsk despite the ongoing ceasefire. Two reports on the Occupy protests in Hong Kong, including one stating that China is blocking media reports of the situation to its citizens.
From CHINA- The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Lee has been visiting President Obama and told him the Hong Kong protests are an internal affair and that Chinese sovereignty must be respected. UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon has condemned a deadly bombing near a school in Syria. Denmark has decided to send F-16 fighter jets and troops to aid in the war on Islamic State in Iraq, but not Syria.
From CUBA- With the assistance of Britain, the US led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria have increased in number, and the US has officially relaxed standards aimed at preventing civilian deaths in the current raids. British anti-war activists are staging protests against British involvement in airstrikes this coming weekend. The new Afghani President signed a pact to retain US military in the country after this year's formal end to combat operations. The US is set to send 1400 troops to Liberia to help fight the spread of the Ebola virus.
From SPAIN- Spanish National Radio (or RTVE) plans to cease shortwave transmission, leading to a work stoppage. The Spanish government filed a legal appeal to stop the upcoming referendum on independence for Catalonia- campaigning has halted for now.
From GERMANY- The Australian government has passed the first in a series of new anti-terrorism laws which extend the powers of the secret intelligence services. A Somali-American was sentenced to 30 years in prison for attempting to set off a fake bomb supplied by the FBI in Portland. A Brussels court has given permission for a prisoner to be voluntarily euthanized for psychiatric reasons. More than 3000 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean this year. The WorldWideFund for Nature says that the global wildlife has more than halved in the past 40 years, while human population has doubled.

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updates on Sept. 12 -18 - 26 06-Sep-2014 08:57

The Shortwave Report 09/05/14 Listen Globally!

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A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, The Voice Of Russia, Spanish National Radio, and NHK Japan.

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (September 5) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

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imperialism & war | media criticism 30-Aug-2014 22:17

The Shortwave Report 08/29/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire: A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming.

The latest Shortwave Report (August 29) is up at the website  http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
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From CUBA- Guatemala has declared a state of emergency for the ongoing drought and possible famine. Argentina has revoked authorization for the Bank of New York Mellon for blocking government payments. A report on Israeli airstrikes in Gaza on the day before the truce was enacted. A permanent ceasefire between Israel and Palestine was agreed upon on Tuesday. The Palestinian government has called on the UN and foreign states to investigate and try Israeli soldiers for war crimes.
From JAPAN- China and Vietnam have agreed to prevent the rift over oil rigs from worsening further. A court in Japan ordered the operator of the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant to pay almost half a million dollars in damages for the suicide of a woman who was forced to leave her home. Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have vowed to seek independence from Kiev. Hundreds of people fleeing the fighting in eastern Ukraine have arrived in villages in Russia.
From GERMANY- Last weekend Ukrainian President Poroshenko pledged $3 billion in military spending. Germany called on Russia to explain reports of Russian soldiers in Ukraine. The French cabinet resigned on Monday in a dispute with President Hollande over austerity measures. On Tuesday Hollande named a former Rothschild banker as his new economy minister.
From SPAIN- More on the French cabinet reshuffle. Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy and German Chancellor Merkel met in Spain and agreed on emergency economic reforms and austerity measures.
From RUSSIA- Fighting in Libya between government and Islamic forces has increased and there were airstrikes from outside, though they were denied by all. This has led to the government asking for outside intervention to protect oil fields and airports. When Gaddafi was removed from power there was an enthusiastic response- what has happened to the so-called Arab Spring? An interview with a researcher from Cambridge University.

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imperialism & war | media criticism 31-Jul-2014 23:56

The Shortwave Report 08/01/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire: A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, and The Voice Of Russia.

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (August 1) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} )

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Updated 6.13. 08-Jun-2014 10:54

The Shortwave Report 06/06/14 Listen Globally!

From the open publishing newswire:

Updated Post: 6/13/14

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, the Voice of Russia, NHK World Radio Japan, and Spanish National Radio.

Dear Radio Friend, The latest Shortwave Report (June 6) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, the Voice of Russia, NHK World Radio Japan, and Spanish National Radio
From GERMANY- Prosecutors in Germany will go forward and investigate the NSA tapping of Chancellor Merkel's cellphone, and Edward Snowden will be questioned. British Prime Minister Cameron warned that the UK might leave the EU if Jean-Claude Juncker becomes President of the European Commission. President Obama announced plans to spend a billion dollars boosting US military presence in Europe.
From CUBA- Kiev stepped up fighter jet attacks on the eastern Ukraine, with accusations that they are using cluster bombs. The NSA released a single email sent by Edward Snowden questioning the legality of its spying program- Snowden says his sent many before he released documents to the press.
From RUSSIA- The US Department of Energy is missing a deadline for the removal of nuclear waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory because of "radiological health concerns." There was a radiation leak at the so-called permanent underground storage facility in Carlsbad, so barrels of plutonium waste are being stored above ground in Texas and New Mexico.
From JAPAN- The operators of the Fukushima nuclear power plants say that there are more leaks of radioactive water from storage tanks. In the days before the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre China strengthened its control of media both domestic and foreign. The Chinese government was angered by stronger Japan/US ties over disputes in the South China Sea. John Kerry denounced the election in Syria as "meaningless," while the White House says it is looking forward to Egypt's President-elect Sisi.
From SPAIN- Lawmakers in the Basque region of Spain adopted a declaration of self-determination, similar to the sovereignty claim made in Catalonia. The Spanish king has abdicated his throne leading to protests against the perpetuation of the monarchy. On the eve of the election in Syria, rebels launched rocket attacks on government controlled areas killing at least 50 people. A Greenpeace ship arrived in the Arctic where a Norwegian firm is set to drill for oil. President Abbas swore in a Palestinian Unity government in a reconciliation with Hamas.

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Updated 5.23 04-May-2014 22:23

The Shortwave Report 05/02/14 Listen Globally!

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Updated Posts: 5/9/14 | 5/16/14 | 5/23/14 | 5/23/14

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK World Radio Japan,The Voice of Russia, Spanish National Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (May 2) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom

This week's show features stories from NHK World Radio Japan, Spanish National Radio, the Voice of Russia, Radio Havana Cuba, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.
From JAPAN- A Japanese envoy called on world powers to hold nuclear disarmament negotiations. Taiwanese police fought with 3000 anti-nuclear power protestors. A Japanese panel is listening to citizen criticism of the disposal of nuclear waste. The US and Philippine government reached a 10 year agreement on shared military bases and troop stationing- China is critical of the pact. John Kerry condemned Russia, accusing it of escalating the crisis in Ukraine. Kiev's temporary government has admitted it has lost control of the eastern sections of the country. The International Monetary Fund has approved billions of dollars of loans to the temporary government of Ukraine to prevent defaulting to western banks.
From RUSSIA- An interview with the co-director of the International Action Center on the Russian response to the sanctions imposed by the US and EU- Russia is accused of not doing enough to quell the chaos in Ukraine.
From SPAIN- The US has expanded sanctions on Russians with President Obama threatening actions against banks. 20 years ago the US military was forced to leave its bases in the Philippines because of popular protest, making the new military agreement a significant shift. From CUBA- Brazil has created its own internet framework with more democratic and transparent access. In Egypt, huge riots have broken out between students and police.
From GERMANY- A judge has recommended the death penalty for the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 682 of his supporters- Germany has called for a repeal of the death sentences. Doctors Without Borders is reviewing whether or not it can remain in the Central African Republic. The UN has warned that the situation in South Sudan is heading toward catastrophe.

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updated post 4.24.14 05-Apr-2014 22:14

The Shortwave Report 04/04/14 Listen Globally!

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Updated Post: 4.11.14 | 4.18.14 | 4.25.14

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming.

Dear Radio Friend,
The latest Shortwave Report (April 4) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom
(If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {35MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)

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This week's show features stories from the Voice of Russia, NHK World Radio Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, Spanish National Radio, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.
From RUSSIA- The UN released a comprehensive, scientific report on the impacts of global warming. The conclusions are severe and point out that continued governmental inaction will be catastrophic.
From JAPAN- The International Court of Justice ruled that Japan must cease whaling in the Antarctic, which Japan agrees too, though it may continue whaling in other regions. North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire in a disputed area this week, which the North blames on huge US South Korea military landing drills. More than 100,000 people in Taiwan protested a current trade pact proposal with mainland China. Der Spiegel reported that a US court allowed the NSA to spy on 11 countries including Japan.
From CUBA- In Venezuela violent anti-government groups set fire to the Ministry of Housing in Caracas- 1200 workers were safely evacuated. The Colombian government and FARC rebels reached agreement on the issue of illegal drugs- new policies will be implemented in light of the farmers needs and the failure of the so-called "War on Drugs."
From SPAIN- The Spanish central government rejected a proposal by the mayor of Madrid to ban all demonstrations in the downtown area. In Egypt attacks on the Muslim brotherhood continue with 3 demonstrators killed. Ousted Ukrainian President Yankovich called for referendums on independence in the former Ukraine.
From GERMANY- NATO warned that Russian military presence on the Ukrainian border is a grave concern, and that it is suspending all military and civilian cooperation with Russia. The US and EU announced that they will help supply gas to Ukraine. Venice is the latest European region to pursue independence from its national government- it joins Crimea, Scotland, and Catalonia.

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updated 3.28.14 06-Mar-2014 17:03

The Shortwave Report 03/07/14 Listen Globally!

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Updated Posts: 3/14/14| 3/21/14 | 3/28/14

A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK World Radio Japan, the Voice of Russia, Radio Havana Cuba, and Spanish National Radio.

This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, NHK World Radio Japan, Spanish National Radio, and the Voice of Russia.

The latest Shortwave Report (March 7) is up at the website http://www.outfarpress.com/shortwave.shtml in 3 forms- (new) HIGHEST QUALITY (128kb)(27MB), broadcast quality (16MB), and quickdownload or streaming form (6MB) (28:59) Links at page bottom [...]

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From GERMANY- The UN has formally accused Syrian rebels groups of crimes against humanity. The new Egyptian Prime Minister has outlined his priorities in the run up to presidential elections. The head of the Egyptian military, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, announced his candidacy. A court in Egypt has banned the Palestinian movement Hamas from operating in the country. The Israeli government has plans to force ultra-orthodox Jews into military service. The Israeli military seized 300 rockets that they claimed were from Iran destined to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip- Iran denies involvement. Venezuela has broken all political and diplomatic ties with Panama.
From CUBA- There were large public gatherings in Venezuela to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Hugo Chavez- during the ceremonies President Maduro and Bolivian President Morales denounced the attempted coup. A US drone strike killed at least 3 people in Yemen- last week the European Parliament voted overwhelming to condemn drone strikes and to ban extrajudicial killings. More than 14,000 Afghan troops have been killed in the US-led war.
From JAPAN- North Korea fired 7 rockets into the Sea of Japan while South Korea and the US carried out joint military exercises. The US Defense Department says it will shift its army-centered structure to air and naval power with an eye on China and Iran. Japan and France plan to work together to advance breeder technology nuclear power plants, despite strong public opposition.
From SPAIN- First a Spanish Press Review on the prospects for war in Ukraine. Then hosts discuss the events in Ukraine.
From RUSSIA- An interview with Professor Jack Rasmus from St Marys College in California about the influence of Ukraine's economy on the events leading up to the political turmoil- and how the bailout money will go to Western banks, not Ukrainians.

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